The Black Cat

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The Black Cat

Lizzie P., Staff Writer

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       It was a cold, dreary night the night of Halloween. Wind sent chills down even the most fearless people. Gray clouds were beginning to form above the horizon with no mercy of the joyous holiday that was celebrated that day. During the night was a cat the color of the dark sky. The one creature not fearful of the climate of the night and patrolling the ground of the village with thy most brave dexterity, protecting the people of the village with all his stealth.

As the cat drew near to a windowsill of a young man’s apartment for a bite of salmon, suddenly, in a light only the cat could see with his piercing eyes, there was a shadow. The shadow cast the figure of a creature, one of exceeding height and size, one with sharp fangs that chased away a pestering rodent with a deep growl in the lowly presence of the night. It looked back and forth at its surroundings, and stealthily started chasing after some unfortunate creature. The black cat leaped into the street and did the same to him.
The street lights dimly lit the walls of the dreary alleyway, and the pursuing clouds rapidly overshadowed the gray trash cans and stray litter outside apartments. The black cat followed glimpses of the shadow as they kept slinking through waste bins and slithering through the workings of the underground pipes. The black cat followed, imitating the deep, undisturbed silence of the night. As the creature on the wall, hidden in its shadow, kept creeping along the sides, so did the black cat, as he followed the silent disturbance in the town. Then the creature, out of wonder, started climbing up a small, ramshackle apartment by the stairway on the wall. The curious black cat now followed. The creature made it to the rooftop, illuminated only by its shadow depicted in the taller building next to it.

Just as the creature became wary of one following its path, the clouds of the sky started delivering drops of ice cold rain water. The rain only increased as the creature before the black cat started picking up the pace from the original calm stroll. So did the black cat. Although the cat was miserable from the rain, the creature before him only grew quicker in its step. The black cat was too curious to let them escape into the night. It wasn’t much longer before the rain started to pour into a great storm. The creature broke into a sprinting run as the black cat followed. Thunder sounded and the flash of lightning further illuminated the creature’s shadow into one running for escape. But as the black cat grew faster, so did the creature before him until they were both racing, breathing heavily as the night grew wetter and the rain fell harder. Thunder sounded as a great roar to the black cat’s sensitive ears and lighting followed in a blinding flash. The creature jumped from the roof of the apartment to the roof of a small bakery. The black cat landed the jump as well and raced after the creature with all his speed and dexterity. He increased his speed as the creature before him suddenly halted in terror for he was perched upon the cliff that led to the rushing flow of the sewer system. The black cat sprinted and jumped with excelling force into the air. Wind and rain rushed past his face as he clambered down onto the frightened creature.
It wasn’t long before the cat had the creature pinned to the ground with a fearless pounce. Breathing heavily through the cold, the black cat found the true identity of the creature who he had chased through the night. A mouse was struggling under his paw, but it wasn’t the mouse in which the black cat saw. In the puddle filled by the cold rain the cat saw what many great philosophers fear above all else. The cat saw what many of the most fearless leaders were never able to escape from. In the reflective puddle, the black cat saw another wet and miserable, but strong and resilient black cat breathing heavily in the night. For, it was there that the black cat saw himself.

 

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